New York Mets’ Max Scherzer (39) pitched a perfect game at Coors Field, the “graveyard of pitchers.
Scherzer pitched a complete game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday (July 27), allowing one run on six hits and one walk while striking out eight. He pitched a Quality Start Plus (seven innings or less of three earned runs in a start), leading to a 5-2 victory.
Scherzer has faced his fair share of issues this season. He was ejected from a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 20 for using a performance-enhancing substance. He insisted it was rosin, not PEDs, saying, “I swear on my children’s lives,” but was ultimately suspended for 10 games. This, coupled with right neck spasms and a drop in velocity, led to suspicions of an aging curve.
안전놀이터 However, Scherzer quickly regained his velocity. He pitched five innings of two-hit, one-run ball with six strikeouts against Washington on Aug. 15, and followed that up with a quality start (six innings of three runs or less allowed in a start) against Cleveland on Aug. 22 with six innings of three-hit ball with one walk and eight strikeouts.
It marked the return of the ace against Colorado. “Scherzer has struggled at Coors Field throughout his career, but this was his best outing of the season,” said MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. He went seven innings for the first time this year,” said MLB.com.
After the game, Scherzer said, “I’m finally healthy. I had good chemistry with my catcher, Francisco Alvarez. We played the game the way we wanted to play it.” He was pleased with his performance. When told it was his first win at Coors Field, he said, “It’s great. It’s nice to get a win here.”
Scherzer has had a successful career. He already has 3200 strikeouts, three Cy Young Awards, four league wins, and eight All-Star selections. MLB.com praised Scherzer, saying, “There aren’t many mountains left for him to climb.
Still, there’s a mountain yet to be conquered. Win at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. All eyes will be on Scherzer to see if he can get the job done against the Pirates in a three-game series starting June 10.